John Holyoke

Outdoors Editor

 
Earle Hannigan sits on a bench at his camp on Brassua Lake.

Hunting camp traditions: Memories remain even after the camp door closes

By John Holyoke on Oct. 16, 2014, at 4:09 p.m.
TAUNTON AND RAYNHAM ACADEMY GRANT | Do what you will to the rustic camp Earle Hannigan has shared with his brother for the past 44 years — that’s what he tells the next generation. Make improvements. Get rid of the outhouse. Put in running water, if you feel you …
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Does the HSUS want Mainers to kill more bears?

on Oct. 16, 2014, at 10:48 a.m.
As we get closer to Election Day, the battle over Question 1, which would ban the use of traps, hounds and bait while hunting bears in Maine, is heating up, and tension is starting to build. At least one state wildlife official is being protected, around-the-clock, by a Maine game …

Does the HSUS want Mainers to kill more bears?

By John Holyoke on Oct. 16, 2014, at 10:48 a.m.
As we get closer to Election Day, the battle over Question 1, which would ban the use of traps, hounds and bait while hunting bears in Maine, is heating up, and tension is starting to build. At least one state wildlife official is being protected, around-the-clock, by a Maine game …
A black bear walks near Taylor Bait Pond in Orono.

Word from the Woods: Bears, bears and more bears

By John Holyoke on Oct. 15, 2014, at 11:53 a.m.
With the election less than a month away, the verdict on Question 1, the referendum that seeks to ban the use of bait, traps or hounds while hunting bears in Maine, looms large. This week’s big news: State wildlife officials have been threatened, and at least one is being protected …
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Non-resident hunter says he hopes Maine’s bear season continues

on Oct. 15, 2014, at 8:44 a.m.
Last week, I wrote a column that outlined my thoughts on the upcoming referendum that would ban the use of traps, bait and hounds while hunting bears. The main point: If voters choose to ban the methods we currently allow, they’re essentially paving the way for a state that harvests …
This photo shows the dam on the Roach River that caused a stretch of the river that serves as a "nursery" for wild brook trout and landlocked salmon was found to be dry after errors were made by a contractor for the Appalachian Mountain Club during work on the dam. The Land Use Planning Commission, which resides within the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry filed a 2014 report that said the AMC was in violation of their permit because of dewatering the Roach River.

De-watered section of Roach River not fished much, but still important

By John Holyoke on Oct. 10, 2014, at 10:20 a.m.
TOWNSHIP 1, RANGE 12 | The section of the Roach River that was de-watered after a dam mishap in August isn’t a spot that is targeted by anglers that often, but a guide and a fisheries conservationist agree that the incident is worth taking seriously. “Drying any stream is …
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Wildlife biologist Randy Cross, leader of the field crew for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife's 40-year bear study, poses with "Big John," a 432-pound black bear that was snared, weighed and released in Washington County on June 17, 2014. Cross first caught "Big John" four years earlier, in the exact same place.

What’s really at stake with the Bear referendum

By John Holyoke on Oct. 10, 2014, at 5:31 a.m.
In less than a month, Maine voters will decide whether they want people to hunt the state’s bears or not. That’s not what the referendum question actually reads, of course. But it’s time to clear the air a bit, and to start calling ‘em like I see ‘em. Officially, Question …
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Bangor Daily News cartoonist George Danby inks a political cartoon in his Bangor office. Danby is releasing a new book, "The Essential Danby." The book is a cumulation of Danby's illustration from more than 25 years at the Bangor Daily News and other publications. A book launch party will take place Thursday, October 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bangor Public Library.

‘The Essential Danby’ a book long in the making

By John Holyoke on Oct. 09, 2014, at 9:51 a.m.
BANGOR | With all due apologies to death and taxes, the rise of the sun, the ebb and flow of the tides, add this to the list of constants: Six mornings a week, the Bangor Daily News will proudly feature an editorial cartoon by artist George Danby. Danby’s work …

Word from the Woods: No water in the Roach River

By John Holyoke on Oct. 08, 2014, at 11:10 a.m.
Mention the Roach River to some fly fishermen and they’ll slyly tell you that you shouldn’t bother to go … it’s too busy … too far away … the fishing’s bad. Truth is, the stretch of the Roach from First Roach Pond to Moosehead Lake is one of the state’s …
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‘North Woods Law’ wants you … to share your moose hunt

on Oct. 07, 2014, at 1:26 p.m.
We’ve all got friends and relatives who would rather not end up on the wrong end of a “North Woods Law” camera. And we’ve all got friends who would love to appear in an episode of the popular Animal Planet TV show that focuses on the Maine Warden Service. Want …
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Reader checks in with more photos: Bobcat or young mountain lion?

on Oct. 07, 2014, at 10:32 a.m.
Last week Edwin Ecker Jr. of North Waldoboro helped us heat up the Internet by sharing some trail camera photos of what he thought might be a mountain lion. Thousands of you took the time to look at the photos, and dozens shared opinions on what you saw. Unfortunately, the photos …
Crews electrofish an area of the Roach River in August 2014 to study the impact of fish affected by errors made by a contractor for the Appalachian Mountain Club during work on the dam.

Roach River, a prime salmon and trout habitat, dried out in dam mishap

By John Holyoke on Oct. 06, 2014, at 4 p.m.
TOWNSHIP 1 RANGE 12 — A prime wild salmon and brook trout habitat was accidentally destroyed in August when dam construction on land owned by the Appalachian Mountain Club left about a mile stretch of the Roach River without water for a 10-day period. The dewatering of the river, as …

Mountain lions in Maine often a case of mistaken identity

By John Holyoke on Oct. 03, 2014, at 12:29 p.m.
There are mountain lions in Maine, many of the state’s residents swear. Wildlife biologist Mark McCollough, who works for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife in Orono, doesn’t debate the fact. Not really. But as the person who helped draft the federal status review on the eastern cougar, published in 2011, …
Kathleen Talbot of Hudson attempts to feed a fly to a two-headed snapping turtle she found near her home on Sept. 24, 2014. In the two days she has kept the baby turtle, both heads have eaten worms, flies and reptile pellets.

Word from the Woods: Two-headed turtle, ‘mountain lion’ steal the show

By John Holyoke on Oct. 01, 2014, at 10:36 a.m.
Late last week, my colleague Aislinn Sarnacki struck “news gold” that had all of us here in the newsroom chuckling. Aislinn’s scoop: A two-headed snapping turtle — a baby, no less — had been discovered in Hudson, not far from Bangor. Among the cool things I learned: The woman who …
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Sighting in Scarborough: Mountain lion? Or just a bobcat?

on Oct. 01, 2014, at 9:09 a.m.
Earlier this week, I shared a series of trail camera photos that may have shown a mountain lion in North Waldoboro. Those photos may also have shown something else … like a bobcat. As we suspected, BDN readers would pay close attention to the photos, even though they were difficult …
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Mountain lion in Maine? You be the judge

on Sept. 29, 2014, at 1:08 p.m.
Mainers love a good mountain lion mystery. Fact is, many folks will tell you there’s no mystery at all: They believe — “know” is the word they’ll use — that mountain lions walk among us. Experts have softened their stance on the existence of the big cats over the years, …
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Wildlife biologist expects average bird-hunting season in Maine

on Sept. 26, 2014, at 10:09 a.m.
Officially, Brad Allen is a wildlife biologist. Come this time of year, though, he admits that he sometimes sounds like a meteorologist. “I hate to be a weatherman to predict game bird biologists, but [the weather] is so important,” said Allen, the bird group leader for the Maine Department of …
U.S. journalist James Foley speaks at Northwestern University after being released from imprisonment in Libya in 2011. Greenville will host a benefit dinner in memory of Foley, who was beheaded by militants of the Islamic State.

Greenville to host ‘roadkill’ benefit dinner in memory of US journalist killed by IS

By John Holyoke on Sept. 26, 2014, at 5:46 a.m.
Bill Foley says his nephew, James Foley, was an adventurous man who would have found humor in the off-beat dinner organized to benefit the cause the slain journalist intended to devote himself to after returning to the U.S. James Foley was beheaded in August by the Islamic …
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‘North Woods Law’ wardens to appear at Maine Wildlife Park Saturday

on Sept. 24, 2014, at 12:25 p.m.
If you’ve been hoping to have a chance to say “Hi” to the game wardens you’ve been watching on TV for the past couple of years, you’ll get that chance on Saturday. All you’ve got to do is head to the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray, where the stars of …
Bill Carlin of Lebanon, Maine, smiles while getting his photo taken next to the 975-pound moose he shot near Ashland, Maine, that he called "the hunt of a lifetime" Monday morning at a tagging station during the first day of the 2014 moose hunt.

Word from the Woods: Moose mania hits Maine

By John Holyoke on Sept. 24, 2014, at 11:37 a.m.
For those lucky enough to win a coveted permit during the the annual state-run lottery, Monday was a holiday of sorts. That’s the day that 1,050 hunters headed into the woods on the first day of the first six-day moose-hunting season of the year. BDN visuals editor Brian Feulner and …
 
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